It was the only public exhibition game for Oliver Purnell's Tigers, who open the season November 10 against Arkansas State in the Cox Communications Classic in Norfolk, VA.
Clemson had five players in double figures and shot 54
percent from the field in gaining the victory. Supporting Mays and
Rivers were starting point guard Vernon Hamilton, the team's only
senior, who had 16 points, four assists and four steals, and starting
wing guard Cliff Hammonds, who added 13 points, including 10 in the
second half. Sam Perry rounded out the double figure scorers with
10 points and headed seven assists and seven rebounds.
Freshman Trevor Booker, who started the game at power
forward, was impressive with six points, seven rebounds, three
blocked shots and three steals in a productive 18 minutes.
Vidmantas Uzkuraitis led the Lithuania Academy with 17
points, while Rytis Grigaitis added 11 points off the bench.
Clemson dominated the game in a number of areas. The Tigers
won the rebounding 51-26, had 28 assists against just 15 turnovers
and had 24 steals on defense, leading to 29 Lithuania Academy
turnovers. The Tigers committed just 11 fouls and had 24 steals, a
total that would have been second best in Clemson history had it not
been an exhibition game.
The Lithuania Academy scored the game's first five points,
then Clemson went on an 18-5 run to take a 23-10 lead at the 11:51
mark. Mays scored nine of Clemson's first 23 points, including four
at the foul line. Clemson held a 30-14 lead before the team from
Lithuania went on an 11-0 run behind the play of Grigaitis, who
scored nine consecutive points to bring his team to within 30-25.
Clemson then outscored Lithuania 14-7 the rest of the half to take a
44-32 lead at intermission.
Clemson went on a 32-7 run to open the second half in just
nine minutes to put the game away. The Tigers converted 14 of their
first 20 shots of the second half and opened the lead to 80-39 with
9:51 left. The Tigers had great balance during the stretch, but
Cliff Hammonds did make a pair of three pointers and scored 10
Clemson outscored Lithuania 55-18 in the second half when the
Tigers shot 61 percent from the field. Clemson's largest lead of the
game was 51 points at 99-48 with 2:27 left. Clemson never could get
over the 100-point mark as Purnell played subs, including four
walk-ons over the last three minutes.
Clemson Downs Lithuania Academy 99-50
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